Political reform, the Mexico Way

A few excerpts from El Universal’s account of yesterday’s passage of the Energy Reform in the Mexican Senate (original in Spanish; my translation omits some details but makes up no facts):

  • Senators Yeidckol Polevnsky and Rosario Ibarra headed the sabotage attempt, hiding PRD Representatives that pretended to take the podium. PRD Senators smuggled their fellow Representatives into the building in their car trunks. The plan was to use metallic garbage bins to break down the talks.
  • The saboteurs were stopped by the Federal Police inside the improvised Senate room (the session couldn’t take place in the Senate building due to protests). Heading the police force was the Secretary of Public Security himself, Genaro Garcia Luna, pushing back against the mob.
  • A logistical error left the Convergencia Senators, Dante Delgado and Luis Maldonado, out of the building. This heated things up and caused a clash with PAN Senators Felipe Gonzalez and Gonzalez Alcocer. Dante and Gonzalez Alcocer called each other motherfuckers, but they cooled down afterwards.
  • The most violent character was Representative Aleida Alvarez, who insulted her fellow party members accusing them of treason and inexplicably kept on throwing herself against the glass doors of the room.
  • In the end someone asked Gonzalez Alcocer: “And your new enemy?” “The bitch left already”, he replied.
The Energy Reform still needs to pass a vote in the less refined Chamber of Representatives.

About Jorge Aranda

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SEGAL and CHISEL labs in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Victoria.
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5 Responses to Political reform, the Mexico Way

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  2. Manuel says:

    Jorge: Your imprecision is shameful and your political bias is clear in your post: Hijo de la Chingada is Son of fucker, NO motherfucker!!! 8)

  3. Jorge says:


    Well the original said “se mentaron la madre”, which could either be “chinga a tu madre” (motherfucker) or “hijo de puta” (son of a bitch). The first had a better ring to it in English.

  4. Leo says:

    I think politicians need referees. These guys should be suspended for a few meetings if not for the rest of the year.

    I am not kidding, by the way.

  5. Pingback: Update on Mexico’s Energy Reform « Catenary

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